Our Executive Team

Danny Sutton
Chief Executive

Danny Sutton was appointed as the Chief Executive of Colony 47 in July 2016. Danny has broad industry experience in senior executive roles in the social services, IT, utilities, agriculture and state and commonwealth public sectors. Danny has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UTAS and a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of Queensland. Danny has delivered presentations at a number of national and international conferences on innovative service design and recently attended the Harvard Business School Executive Development Program for Not for Profit Leaders. Danny was recognised as the Tasmanian Professional Manager of the Year in 2009 and also achieved an international award for innovative social service workflow and IT design in Chicago in 2016. Danny is currently a member of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania’s Senior Leaders Forum, Chair of the Transition to Work Community Investment Leadership Group, Chair of the Housing Connect Collaborating Partners Group and a representative on the TASCOSS Industry Development Plan Working Group and the Ministerial Working Group on Housing.

Angela Abbott
Chief Operating Officer

Angela joined Colony 47 in November of 2019 and brought with her a broad range of experience across the hospitality, corporate, vocational and higher education sectors, spanning over 20 years.  Her primary focus has been business, strategy, HR and operational management within these industries which she is now applying in the community services context.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree from the University of Tasmania and she is passionate about her involvement within the community and supporting Tasmanians to achieve their goals in life.

Didi Okwechime Housing Solutions Manager

Didi joined Colony 47 in 2004 after obtaining a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Tasmania. Didi has worked across all aspects of Colony 47’s housing division, and utilises her front line experience to ensure that the people accessing our programs are always the focal point of service design and delivery. Didi was appointed as the Manager of the Housing Solutions Division in 2016 and has been a member of the Colony 47 Executive Team since 2017. Didi is a member of the Shelter Tasmania Policy Committee and believes that a whole of community response is required to enable access to safe, affordable and appropriate housing for all Tasmanians.

Glen O’Keefe
Youth Solutions Manager

Glen joined Colony 47 in 2006 and worked as a front-line leader for many years in the employment services programs.  In 2013 Glen was appointed to the Executive Management Team. He is now the Manager of the Youth Solutions Division and promotes integrated support services across the organisation’s youth programs. Glen completed the Tasmanian Leaders Program in 2014, is a board member of Mental Health Family and Friends Tasmania and a Board member and Treasurer of YNOT .

Alice Carroll Organisational Transformation Consultant

Alice joined Colony 47 in September 2018 and is a relatively new Tasmanian, having relocated from Melbourne in 2017. Alice holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources across the Mining, Government and Hospitality industries both within Australia and internationally.

This has primarily been in organisational development areas such as leadership, learning and development, cultural change and employee engagement.

Frances Smythe Executive Officer

Frances commenced at Colony 47 in June 2020, beginning with some project work within the Business Services Team, before being appointed to the role of Executive Officer to the CEO, assisting the Colony 47 Board, CEO and Executive Team.  Frances has many years of executive assistant experience, including roles in a major accounting firm in Melbourne, before moving to Hobart in 2007 and undertaking a personal assistant role in a legal firm, followed by executive assistant roles in the higher education sector.